Newest Major Reviews:.This Month's Most Popular Reviews: Best-Selling Albums:
. 1. The Lego Batman Movie
2. Fifty Shades Darker
3. Hidden Figures
4. La La Land
5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
. . 1. Star Wars: Force Awakens
2. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
3. Titanic
4. Avatar
5. Nineteen Eighty-Four
6. Gladiator
7. Star Wars: A New Hope
8. Animal Farm
9. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring
10. Harry Potter: Sorcerer's Stone
. . 1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
2. Fantastic Beasts/Find Them
3. Willow
4. The Ghost and the Darkness
5. An American Tail
Filmtracks On Cue


On Cue for October, 2010:





10/31/10Alvin and the Chipmunks: (Christopher Lennertz) - All New Review
Buy it... on either of its nearly identical, rare score-only albums if you seek a pleasantly undemanding children's score that will meet your expectations but not exceed them.
Avoid it... if even a heartfelt primary theme of sincere character cannot salvage a listening experience that does apply necessary Carl Stalling/Warner Brothers cartoon techniques for the squeaky protagonists' activities.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


10/28/10Uncommon Valor: (James Horner) - All New Review
Buy it... on the 2010 Intrada album, the score's only official release, if you seek cleaned up sound quality for the score's famous Star Trek-derived action cues from the climax of the film.
Avoid it... if you expect the challenging and arguably racist, stereotypical instrumental applications in the first two-thirds of the score to compete in any manner whatsoever with the unoriginal but still entertaining aforementioned action highlights.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


10/25/10Groundhog Day: (George Fenton) - All New Review
Buy it... if you seek a loyal souvenir from this cult classic film, including the choral and accordion performances of the "Pennsylvania Polka" that are a necessity for anyone maintaining a collection of bizarre film music with which to torture others.
Avoid it... if you seek a consistent, cohesive score by George Fenton for a film that really negated the possibility of such development given its zany personality and high profile source placements.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


10/21/10Mr. Holland's Opus: (Michael Kamen) - All New Review
Buy it... if you, like many, were impressed by Michael Kamen's balance of underscore and original source material in the context of the film, led by fifteen minutes of music (in three cues) that have become a defining moment in the composer's sadly shortened career.
Avoid it... if you want to hear Kamen blend the rock influences of the film's many song placements into his score outside of the famous "An American Symphony," or if you expect the engagingly resounding tone of that piece to carry over into much of the rest of the soundtrack.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


10/18/10Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: (Patrick Doyle) - All New Review
Buy it... if you are an enthusiast of Patrick Doyle's knack for authentic romantic expression but have wondered how his inherent lyricism would translate into a massively gothic horror environment.
Avoid it... if you have little tolerance for scores that go "over the top," making no attempt to dilute monumentally harmonic and propulsive tragedy with an abundance of nuance or lengthy interludes of rest.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


10/15/10Dante's Peak: (James Newton Howard/John Frizzell) - All New Review
Buy it... only if you seek a generic taste of the disappointingly average material that James Newton Howard and John Frizzell wrote for this equally mundane volcano thriller.
Avoid it... if you expect either Howard's thematic ideas or Frizzell's action music to stand apart from their peers, because Dante's Peak has few uniquely redeeming characteristics (especially on its woefully short commercial album).
Rating:***   Read the entire review


10/12/10Conspiracy Theory: (Carter Burwell) - All New Review
Buy it... if you've always had a soft spot for Henry Mancini's quirkier jazz material, a sound that is blown to massive proportions and arguably defies logic in this score but is gloriously successful for its humorous portions nonetheless.
Avoid it... if you expect the upbeat and redemptive thematic portions of Carter Burwell's score, for many listeners among the highlights of his career, to coexist easily with the challenging, chaotic orchestral suspense sound that saturates the remainder of the score with dread.
Rating:****   Read the entire review


10/9/10Ed Wood: (Howard Shore) - All New Review
Buy it... only if you are familiar with the film and seek an outstanding companion piece to the Ed Wood experience, in which case Howard Shore's music (along with dialogue from the film) will be equally entertaining.
Avoid it... if you're investigating the score blindly, because even enthusiasts of B-rate 1950's sci-fi and horror schlock may find this throwback score too challenging in its often grating authenticity for casual enjoyment.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


10/6/10Terminator 2: Judgment Day: (Brad Fiedel) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek a more technologically advanced variation on some of the ideas primitively expressed in the previous score, including two solid, muscular performances of the franchise's famous title theme.
Avoid it... if you expect to hear anything with the depth of meaning to suggest that a compelling dramatic story is unfolding under the chase on screen, because Brad Fiedel's library of screeching and grinding metallic sound effects over pounding, brutal percussion ineffectively addresses the concept.
Rating:**   Read the entire review


10/4/10SpaceCamp: (John Williams) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you adore John Williams' whimsy for patriotism and adventure like that which you'd hear in his countless rousing, stately concert pieces of the 1980's and 1990's.
Avoid it... if the sticker shock of the score's pair of rare albums is not worth redundant and surprisingly flat-sounding Williams music that would be more finely tuned in future works.
Rating:***   Read the entire review


10/2/10Predator: (Alan Silvestri) - Updated Review, With Additional Album
Buy it... if you seek one of Alan Silvestri's most enduring and memorable scores, led by an extremely catchy percussive rhythm highlighting the score's menacingly primal thematic ideas.
Avoid it... if any horror score without grand, fluid themes, and especially one with a driving militaristic personality, isn't worth the price of any of its rare albums.
Rating:****   Read the entire review







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